3PAR and FalconStor Announce Industry’s First Utility Virtual Tape Library

Companies also announce technical alliance

Fremont, CA and Melville, NY, January 10, 2005 -- 3PAR®, a leading provider of Utility Storage, and FalconStor® Software, Inc., a leading developer of network storage software, today announced Utility Virtual Tape Library (VTL), the industry’s first utility-class virtual tape library solution.

Utility VTL allows customers to scale and consolidate all of their online, nearline, and VTL application data onto a single platform while delivering appropriate service levels and maximizing cost effectiveness for each tier. The plug-and-play FalconStor VTL solution, coupled with simple, massively scalable, and fully tiered Utility Storage from 3PAR, delivers a powerful and efficient combination. The companies also announced a technical alliance to ensure rigorous interoperability and availability tests are conducted between the 3PAR InServ® Storage Server and FalconStor VTL.

"FalconStor's VirtualTape Library maximizes the higher performance provided by disk-based storage technology over tape,” said Mike Karp, senior analyst, Enterprise Management Associates. “Using 3PAR's Utility Storage as the underlying disk media, Utility VTL allows customers to manage all their storage tiers, including VTL, within a single fully tiered environment. The combined high performance, simple installation, and easy management makes for a highly efficient storage operation."

With Utility VTL, customers avoid the costs and complexity of managing and scaling multiple distinct systems -- each with unique price/performance attributes -- to meet their broad application-data service levels, including VTL. Utility VTL is simple, efficient, and scalable, and offers unique advantages that are ideal for today’s utility computing environments:

Simple: Self-managing Utility Storage with easy-to-deploy FalconStor VTL mean easy access to and administration of a consolidated, VTL-inclusive environment

Efficient: FalconStor VTL, in connection with high performance Utility Storage, provides the smallest possible backup windows and fastest restoration periods, and extends existing tape library resources across growing enterprise data

Scalable: Fully tiered, highly scalable Utility Storage yields the fewest possible devices and maximum cost optimization over time

The 3PAR and FalconStor alliance includes a cooperative support agreement to ensure that customers can confidently deploy the combined products for their demanding data center and utility computing initiatives. The alliance also includes a joint marketing agreement that enables 3PAR and FalconStor to cooperatively educate customers on the numerous benefits of Utility VTL.

The certified 3PAR-FalconStor joint offering will be available in the first quarter of 2006 from the respective companies and their channel partners worldwide.

About 3PAR

3PAR is the leading provider of Utility Storage, a simple, efficient. and scalable tiered-storage array for utility computing that lets customers serve more with less. Phone: 510-413-5999, fax: 510-354-3070, email: salesinfo@3pardata.com, Web site: http://www.3par.com.

About FalconStor

FalconStor Software, Inc. is a leading developer of innovative network storage software that optimizes the protection and availability of enterprise and SMB data and applications, ensuring nonstop business productivity while simplifying storage and backup management to reduce operational costs. For more information, visit http://www.falconstor.com or call 1-866-NOW-FALC (866-669-3252).